Download Panel Displays In Depth Information About Firefox Downloads

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 8, 2009
Updated • Jun 29, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The download manager of the Firefox web browser is not displaying many information by default. Only the name and size of the file, the time and the main domain it was downloaded from are displayed in the Downloads window.

A right-click offers the option to open the folder the file was downloaded to, to load the url of the download in Firefox again, or to copy the download path.

Update: In newer versions of Firefox, you do get the option to clear the history or download list as well. Note that the extension is currently not fully compatible with the new Firefox download manager that Mozilla launched some time ago.

Download Panel is a Firefox add-on that displays additional information about each download during the download and afterwards.

The add-on displays the full path to the file directly in the download manager next to the referrer (the site the download was initiated on), the size of the download in bytes and the directory it was saved to.

It can furthermore add the start and end time of the download which includes information about the date the download was started. The uri, referrer and directory link can be clicked on in the downloads window. The first link will open the website the download was started on in a a new tab, the second the page the download originated on, and the last the file folder on the user system.

The add-on may be useful for users who keep the downloads in the Downloads history. Most of the additional information that are displayed are accessible through other means which are usually more complicated (e.g. right-clicking on the download link and selecting to go to the download page versus left-clicking on the displayed download link). Download Panel is available on the Mozilla Firefox website.


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